Miami is now cleared for takeoff—launching its first three luxury residences with their own rooftop landing pads.
The Paramount Miami Worldcenter—a 27-acre mixed-use super project that claims to be the most amenitized property in the nation—promises the world’s first flying-car dock, or sky port, on the penthouse level of its 60-story tower.
Its builders are betting that personal transport drones built by Uber and Airbus will soon whisk pleasure-seekers across the skies of Miami—and drop them off back at their doorsteps.
“These flying-car projects are the real deal,” says Paramount Ventures CEO Dan Kodsi, who is the developer of Paramount and also a recreational pilot. “They are funded. NASA is involved. It’s not just science fiction anymore.” (Paramount, where 500-plus units range from $700,000 to $11 million, will be completed in 2019 and is already 80 percent sold.)
In the meantime, two other new developments will invite owners to commute glamorously via helicopter.
At the new Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach—where 126 condos designed by Italian architect Piero Lissoni will open early next year on seven and a half bayside acres—a floating helipad allows for quick drop-offs. An awaiting Frauscher Lido 1017 yacht will then shuttle residents to their doorsteps (the project has 36 private docks) in three minutes flat. Units range from $2 million to over $40 million.
But nothing quite compares to the view from the helipad at Zaha Hadid’s much-lauded One Thousand Museum.
It will double as the grandest ersatz observation deck in Miami when it debuts early next year, 62 stories above the bay. The 83-unit project, which topped out last February, offers half- and full-floor units from $5.8 million to $20 million.
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